Keelboat

Flying 15 NZL Nationals - Goodmanson and Rowlands regain title FULL STORY HERE

Aaron Goodmanson and Alister Rowlands sailing 'Ffortune' regained the New Zealand Flying Fifteen Championship, sailed on their home waters in Lyttelton Harbour and consolidated their place as the most successful New Zealand crew in the Class history. The event was hosted by the Charteris Bay Yacht Club between 13-15 February 2015 and saw the full schedule of nine races completed over three days in a wide variety of conditions.

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G New
6 March 2015 13:05 GMT
Offshore

Gill Commodore's Cup - Record entry in St. Maarten FULL STORY HERE

A record entry of 81 yachts entered the Gill Commodore's Cup, the prelude to the St.Maarten Heineken Regatta. 30 knots of wind with breaking waves, provided testing conditions for the fleet. The starting area on the south side of St.Maarten provided some relief from the ocean swell but the big breeze from the east cascaded over the hill tops forming bullets of pressure causing several boats to spin-out. Best performers were the teams that kept their yachts under control in difficult conditions.

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Louay Habib
6 March 2015 7:26 GMT
Keelboat

Star Bicardi Cup - Brazil 1, 2, 3 on Day 4 FULL STORY HERE

Lars Grael and Samuel Goncalves continued the run of Brazilian race winners at the Star Bicardi Cup in Miami, USA, but Jorge Zarif and Bruno Prada BRA keep their overall lead with a third place finish behind Alessandro Pascolato and Henry Boening BRA in race 4. Overall Mark Reynolds and Magnus Liljedahl of the USA claim third place on the podium with a two point margin over Torben Grael and Guilherme de Almeida BRA.


G New
6 March 2015 6:17 GMT
Volvo

Volvo Ocean Race - The Art of the Matter FULL STORY HERE

Kiwi artist Mark O'Brien has been drawing cartoons inspired by sailing ever since the Whitbread Round the World Race back in 1990 . . . Volvo asked him to send some more, capturing this edition's fleet in excruciating (and hilarious) detail

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Mark O'Brien
5 March 2015 22:57 GMT
Volvo

Volvo Ocean Race - Damian Foxall joins Dongfeng FULL STORY HERE

Damian Foxall, one of the biggest names in offshore sailing, is joining Dongfeng Race Team (Charles Caudrelier) for the forthcoming treacherous Leg 5. Caudrelier and Foxall were on the Groupama boat that won the 2011-12 edition. The Irishman was the natural choice when Dongfeng’s skipper looked for an experienced sailor to bolster his line-up for the 6,776-nautical mile stage from Auckland to Itajaí, Brazil, through the Southern Ocean and round Cape Horn.

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G New
5 March 2015 19:15 GMT
Offshore

Sam Matson secures 2015 sponsorship deal FULL STORY HERE

Leading British deck shoe brand, Chatham announced its sponsorship of Artemis Offshore Academy Alumni sailor Sam Matson. As part of the title sponsorship deal, Chatham will provide one of the UK’s top aspiring young solo offshore racers with the backing and support needed to compete on the Classe Figaro Bénéteau racing circuit in 2015.

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G New
5 March 2015 18:27 GMT
Offshore

Barcelona World Race - Cheminees into tradewinds FULL STORY HERE

The regime of reaching and downwind sailing was rudely interrupted for a few hours for Bernard Stamm and Jean Le Cam on Cheminées Poujoulat. The Barcelona World Race fleet leaders, just north of the latitude of Rio, will transition tonight into the more regular SE'ly tradewinds. And from now until the Doldrums the leaders will enjoy a regular, if bouncy, ride north.

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G New
5 March 2015 18:03 GMT
America's Cup

America's Cup - 50,000 tickets go in first 48 hours FULL STORY HERE

The organisers of the America’s Cup qualifier at Portsmouth in July, say that 50,000 tickets were snapped up in the first 48 hours of going on offer. All of the 10,000 free tickets set aside specifically for people in the local postcode went within two days of going online on Monday.

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G New
5 March 2015 13:20 GMT
Keelboat

Star Bacardi Cup day 3 - Let the Carnival begin FULL STORY HERE

Five-time Olympic medalist Torben Grael BRA with crew Guillherme Almeida won race 3 of the Bacardi Cup in Miami, ahead of his brother, the double Olympic medalist Lars Grael with crew Samuel Goncalves. While Jorge Zarif and Bruno Prada BRA were eighth and keep the overall lead ahead of Mark Reynolds and Magnus Liljedahl USA with Lars Grael and Goncalves on third and Torben Grael and Almeida now fourth.

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G New
5 March 2015 6:16 GMT